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Ye gods, I can remember when those silver ticket machines looked excitingly modern.

Might as well post another comment, seeing no one else has.
As a child I was fascinated by the conductor's dexterity with that ticket machine - taking the money, winding the knob to the correct fare setting, turning the handle and giving you the ticket and change, all done in a lot less time than it takes to tell it.
No automated system could have done it any faster - *and* given you a bit of backchat at the same time.

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